Salt Lake City is the latest urban area to be welcomed to the Google Fiber club.
The Utah capital will join its neighbor Provo in offering gigabit Internet connections up to 1,000 megabits per second to its residents.
“We could not be more excited to have Google Fiber coming to Salt Lake City,” Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said in a statement. “It makes perfect sense for our community, a growing leader in the areas of technology and innovation, partnering with the world’s leader in digital technology on this great new service. Our residents value education and entrepreneurship and we recognize the value of connecting people with big ideas and with each other, whether across town or around the world. There is no question that abundant, ultra-high speed internet access makes our community stronger and lays the groundwork for continued vibrancy and opportunity for all.”
So far, Fiber has only been available in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, but a group of cities — Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte in North Carolina as well as Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee — which now includes Salt Lake City, are currently in the waiting phase for the infrastructure to be put in place.
Google will be working with the cities involved to draw up a detailed map of where the thousands of miles of fiber can go to make use of existing infrastructure such as utility poles and underground conduit, while avoiding gas and water lines.
Next up, a team of surveyors and engineers will hit the streets to identify any issues and fill in missing details. Once the design and planning phase is complete construction will begin.
“Over the coming months, we’ll work closely with these cities to map out just where to lay our fiber-optic cables,” said Google’s Devin Baer said in a blog post.
“There’s a lot of work ahead; as the new associate city manager for Google Fiber in Salt Lake City, I can’t wait to see what the city does with superfast Internet.”
Google has plans to expand its Google Fiber community across the country, greatly increasing Internet speeds. By expanding its fiber-optic networks, the company said, it will greatly enhance connectivity for millions of Americans.